From Endurance to Dressage
How many times can I say I am tired? I am tired. Explanation needed. I woke up at 5:00 a.m. and arrived at the barn at 6:00 a.m. to bathe and braid. I lloaded Speedy G and left for the show at 7:10 a.m. We drove over an hour to the show and over an hour back home. We arrived home at 2:00 p.m., showered, and then spent the afternoon at our county fair. I think tired is an understatement!
So, this is a very quick description of Sunday's show. Videos and score sheets will be shared later in the week.
Top Ten reasons to enjoy show day:
10. I won a $10 Aflac cash prize. Thanks Tehachapi Mountain Chapter CDS!
9. Speedy G did not kick or buck during either canter transition.
8. I changed diagonals from the sitting trot.
7. There was no drama in the warm up arena.
6. I scored an 8 on the Intro B test and NO 5s!!!
5. I scored two 8s on the C test and one of them was for Collective Marks!
4. We scored 65.625% at Introductory B.
3. We scored 65.500% at Introductory C - first out of five riders.
2. Four of the riders were juniors.
and the number one reason to enjoy show day ...
1. The score for Introductory Test C is one of the two qualifying scores I need for the September 2012 Regional Adult Amateur Championships!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
3/6-7 El Sueño (***)
4/17-18 El Sueño (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
5/23 TMC (*)
6/12-13 SB (***) OR
6/19-20 El Sueño (***)
6/27 TMC (*)
7/3-4 Burbank (***) OR
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
7/25 TMC (*)
8/14-15 RAAC (Q) (***)
8/29 TMC (*)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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